Friday Inspiration

Hello Friends! I hope you have had a wonderful week and plan on having an even better weekend.

In case you need a little inspiration…

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I love this quote. I also love the background I made for it. ^_^

You see things all the time talking about people on their death beds do not regret the things they did, but the things they didn’t do. Why do we decide not to do some things? Because we are afraid of the scars and bruises that come with trying new things. How many scars and bruises do you hold with pride? And I am not talking about the ones on your skin, but those that litter your soul.

My scars and bruises are what brought me to the person I am today. And I think I am pretty awesome.

I think if we all stopped worrying so much about the scars and bruises we could reach our dreams that much quicker. Maybe we would even be a little bit happier.

Let’s start showing up for life.

Movie Review: Hush

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Rating

9-10

Year Released: 2016
Directors Name: Mike Flanagan
Writers: Mike Flanagan/Kate Siegel
Production Company: Intrepid Pictures/Blumhouse Productions
Lead Actors: Kate Siegel/John Gallagher Jr./Michael Trucco/Samantha Sloyan/Emma Graves
Genre: Horror/Thriller

Movie Blurb(From IMBd): A reclusive author who went deaf as a teenager finds herself hunted by a deranged masked killer inside her isolated home, sending her into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in order to survive the night.

Review

I have been hearing a lot about this movie. Everyone seems to be watching it. Then I came across a tweet from Stephen King and he was giving it high praises as well. So of course, because of King’s tweet, I had to watch the movie and I am glad that I did! I didn’t know what I would walking into, with the main character being deaf. I thought it would be a retro silent film, to put you in the POV of Maddie. Luckily, that didn’t happen.

Maddie is an author and she lives out in the woods, alone. You see little glimpses of what it is like for her, from the loud flashing smoke detector, to the silence of cooking dinner. Her only help in the world is feeling vibrations or seeing what is around her, which is where the problem comes in.

A killer figures he has found easy prey and he begins his break down of this deaf woman who is all alone.

I don’t usually like movies like this, but it was so well done. I like movies that are going to freak me out, which most of the time are the supernatural horror movies. But I am a lover of horror in any form and will give anything a chance. This is a simplistic thriller, just a killer and his chosen victim.

By the end of the movie I was on the edge of my seat, hoping that Maddie would make it out of this alive, but then afraid it was going to turn out to be one of those horror movies where the bad guy wins.

Overall it was a fantastic movie. The actors were fantastic and the thrill was a great ride. It had me wondering what I would do in the situation and how different things would have gone had Maddie had the advantage of hearing.

There were a few times I caught myself yelling at the screen for dumb things that all horror movie characters do, but it wouldn’t be a good movie without a few dumb mistakes.

Prompt Challenge: 040416 The Breakers

Prompt Challenge

Hello friends! Happy Wednesday/hump day. Hopefully you are all getting along well. If not…take a second and read a short story. You know, the one that I am about to share with you.:)

I hope you enjoy! It’s the last one of this month for this prompt. I’m not going to lie, I am ready to move on to the next one!

April Prompt

The Breakers

I work for the government. I used to sit at a desk and watch the norms. The norms are the people we only occasionally monitor. They are the low risk families. Up until a month ago, I didn’t even know what they were low risk for. I had no clue what the government even watched for.

Last month, one of the families I watched, the Peterson family, threw up a flag. One of the children was late getting home. All kids have a curfew, and no one is allowed to stay at another person’s home. It was only one of the many laws of our world.

It was little Suzy Peterson that was late and only by a few minutes. But my job is to report any broken laws. Little did I know that reporting this one tiny mishap would bring me where I am today.

I was suddenly put in charge of watching the Peterson family at all hours of the day. I had suddenly become one of the higher-ups in the government. I was one of the people that watches the Breakers. It came with a pay raise, longer hours, and maybe a day off every month or so. It didn’t bother me, I had no family of my own. I would sometimes pretend that I was part of the family, sitting on the couch with them watching their favorite TV shows.

Little Suzy is 13 and she has an older brother, Gregory, who is 17. They also have a baby brother, Jace, who is 5. The mother and father love their children and they were a beautiful family to watch. No more laws were broken for a month. The Peterson family was the model family.

Last night I saw it, I saw what I was looking for, what the government wanted. It started as a little glow on the screen. I didn’t think nothing of it, just thought it was a night light in Gregory’s room. But the light grew brighter and I realized that the light was coming from Gregory.

Only a few minutes later, Suzy lit up her room. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Suddenly, Jace lit up as well. I watched as the parents ran out of their beds to the children’s rooms, trying to dim the lights, trying to put out whatever had happened. It was then that I saw the wings jetting out of the mothers back. Her own skin started to show a faint glow, but she was nervous. Something had activated the family.

Before I could process what was happening, men in black permeated the rooms. They took the whole family hostage, tying down their hands and covering them in black sheets to cover the glowing skin. The only one not tied up and covered was the father. There was nothing special about him. He had no wings, no glow.

It took me longer than it should have to realize what had just happened. What I had just witnessed was the government weeding out the Breakers. They were destroying anything that could possibly be stronger or smarter than the government, or make people question what was actually real. The Breakers were not people, they were creatures of all sorts. I finally left my own terminal to look around. I watched from behind the other employees. There were so many different things. Creatures with big wings, like birds. Creatures with sharp fangs. Creatures like the Peterson family, glowing and batting their dragonfly like wings. Creatures with claws. Creatures with horns. Creatures with scales.

All creatures that were not human and the government was taking them away. I knew I had to find out where these creatures were being taken. I had to find out if the Peterson’s were safe. I had grown to know them, to love them. I wanted to free them.

The rest of the employees began to move from their own screens, looking around at one another. I thought I was slow at figuring things out, but these people were just starting to understand. Some were crying out for the families they had been watching. We all demanded to know what was happening, what would happen to these families. I left the room in a hurry. I needed fresh air. I heard the doors lock behind me and the sound of gas filling the room I had left behind.

It wasn’t until later that the gas they had released into the control room was a gas engineered to make us forget everything about the control room.

“It happens every time.” Someone said from behind me. I jumped and scrambled, trying to find a way out. “Don’t worry. I’m just like you. I was one of the lucky ones, I got out before the gas. They will send us back down, to the low risk watches. Until we spot another one. Then they will send us back here and start the whole cycle over.” The woman stood in front of me, her eyes were bright with anger. “I intend to stop them.”

“How?” I asked her.

“We wake everyone else up.”

4 Nerd Girl Rating

I hope you enjoyed this story and all the stories this month. If you wrote any short stories using this prompt, I would love to see them. So link them in the comments.

Also, any comments about the story are welcome. I would love to know what you think!

Book Review: Waylaid

Waylaid by Kim Harrison

Rating5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Kim Harrison
Release Date: April 4th 2016
Series: The Hollows
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 87
Publisher: Pocket Star
Buy it : Amazon

This is a short story, so the review is a little short as well.:)

Review

This is a short story of The Hollows series and The Peri Reed Chronicles meet. Peri’s boyfriend tries to prove a point and accidently summons a demon by the name of Rachel Morgan.

I love the Hollows series and while there is only one book of the Peri Reed Chronicles, I think I am going to love it as well. But, being the Hollows fan that I am, I will gladly read anything that brings back Rachel and any of her friends. In this short story it is Rachel, Jenks, and just a tad touch of Al.

You have to have read at least one of the Hollows books (but really all of them) and the first Peri Reed novel to kind of know what is going on, but for the fans this was so fantastic.

The only problem I had was that it was just too short. Just when I had Rachel in my grasp again, she just slips away.

I felt like the story stayed true to both worlds and it was completely believable that these two worlds could come together. To be honest, I would love to know more about the differences between the two and why one world is so different from the next.

The cover is gorgeous and so perfect for the story. I just wish it was longer and we had more time with Rachel. I miss the Hollows so much.

**Spoiler**

As we come to the end, Peri ends up having to draft to save the day, which results in her forgetting everything that happened. Or rather, someone forces her to forget. I was a little sad that Peri would completely forget about the red head demon that we all love.

 

What are You Reading?

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Hello Friends! Happy Monday…or you know, whatever…Monday.

For anyone interested to know, I am feeling better! Energy is still super low, but my head isn’t nearly as congested and it is safe to say I will live…not that there was ever a chance I was dying. I’m just super dramatic when I am sick.

Let’s get on to what you all came her for today!

I am still listening to Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

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This book is so good and messed up! I absolutely love it! And I am almost done with it!

Still reading Changes by Jim Butcher

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Since I have been sick I haven’t really been reading much so…I kind of got behind. I am hoping to finally finish this book this week.

I started reading Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson this week.

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It’s actually really interesting. I have been following Shannon’s blog for a while now, I just never read her books. This book came up on sale and I decided to give it a try. I am always a little leery about authors I haven’t read before. Even if I read their blogs. But so far I am really pleased.

I am also reading Dead Set by Richard Kadrey

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Funny story, I found this book at the Dollar Tree. Yes, I paid a buck for this book! I am only one chapter in and it is so interesting. When I bought it I actually had a lady ask me how I knew I was going to like the book. I had just checked on Goodreads to make sure it wasn’t a second or third book in a series. That is the only problem with buying books from Dollar Tree. Half the time they are part of a series and never the first book.

Anyways, the lady couldn’t believe I was paying money for a book I knew nothing about. My answer…”I like the cover.” I admit, I am one of those people that judges a book by it’s cover. I found one of my favorite authors because I liked a cover, and so far I have liked just about everything I bought just because I liked the cover.

That is all today. I am reading way too many books at once. I have a few days off this week and I am kind of hoping to knock these out this week! Before the end of the month!

What are you reading?

Friday Inspiration

Hello Friends. Happy Friday.

I am dying. Okay, not really dying, but my sinuses have decided to kill me. Sore throat, coughing, stuffy nose and head, my ears are doing this weird crackly pop…Dying…

So I didn’t make my own image for today. I kind of borrowed it from Pinterest.

I absolutely love this quote. It goes along with the saying that the only way to fail is to give up.

I can think of several different situations that this quote rings true. First one being a high school English teacher becoming one of the biggest and best selling authors, Stephen King. I would have loved to sit through his class and tell the world that Stephen King once taught me English. He was also rejected 30 times before he was published

Another example in writing is Dr. Seuss. He was turned down 27 times before someone published his books. I would like to think that the first 27 publishers are still beating themselves up. Not as many times as Stephen King, but it’s still a lot.

I am sure both of these authors at one point though it was impossible. Okay, maybe not Stephen King. I feel like he would have just started killing people until they published him…I swear his books are his way of fighting back his killing nature.

Stepping away from the book world for a moment. Let’s look at people who have lost so much weight. Some of these people have lost at least half of their weight and when they started that journey, they never thought they could be where they are today.

What we conceive as impossible is just our minds limiting what we think we can do. It’s one step at a time. One word at a time. One day at a time. Eventually, the impossible is right before our eyes. It becomes a dream we can touch and see and show off to the world.

So if it seems impossible today, just keep moving towards it. Tomorrow it will be possible.

 

Prompt Challenge: 040316 The Unlucky Ones

Prompt Challenge

Hello friends! This one…I like this weeks short story. Really, I do. I am putting it in my file of stories that could be more. Woot! But let’s get on with this. It’s also not very long. So, yay for quick read!

April Prompt

The Unlucky Ones

The lucky ones are the ones that the government only checks in on about once a month. We don’t talk about the unlucky ones, but not for reasons you may think. The unlucky ones are not the ones that are under constant surveillance from the government, they are the ones that have crept under the government’s watch. No one knows their names, where they are, who they are, or what they plan to do next.

The unlucky ones are the ones that slip through the shadows and if they are ever spotted, they are shot on sight. The government does not have time for these people and the ideas they may get. There is a whole community of the unlucky ones, and I am one of them.

My name is Hera. But don’t let the name fool you. There is nothing special about me. I was born into a world where I am forced to hide. It started with my parents and their need to get out from under the government. After both of my parents died I found out that it was my fault that they had to go into the underground, to live among the unlucky ones. The year I was born, the government was killing every fourth girl that was born. It was something about population control and balancing out the ratio of boys and girls. The government is all about controlling the population and making sure there is an even ratio of boys and girls. The better to pair you with someone when you are old enough to marry.

My parents were in an arranged marriage and that didn’t bother them. They didn’t even blink an eye about the babies that were being put to rest because they were the wrong gender. Until it came to being their child that would be laid to rest, their child that would be killed just because I was a girl. It was then that their eyes were opened, and they ran.

The government tracked them down one day and killed them. I was 16 at the time and hid in the rafters of the warehouse we had been living in. We had been there too long and I told them so. They also killed my boyfriend and his family that same night. I have been on the run since. I have become the governments most wanted unlucky one. I have exceeded their expectations. I think now they want to recruit me, but I will never join the monsters that have killed my parents and friends. I will never stand behind the monsters that take children from their homes to control the population.

I have learned their secrets. It has taken me five years to get to where I am today, standing right outside the governments headquarters. They are a stupid bunch. It was only last year that I found out they had one home base. One government headquarters where all their information and important people have been kept. How dumb can you be? They think they are safer in numbers, but they have only given the unlucky ones an advantage. I only have one place to take down to start a new world where we are all free. The unlucky ones will bring light to those that are still lost in the darkness of the governments lies.

I have not come to plea with the government. I have come to destroy them. And behind me are all the unlucky ones, ready to fight, ready to die to free the ones who think they are the lucky ones. In this world the only lucky ones are those who sit in these buildings that tower over the chaos and decay of a sad world. I didn’t become the unlucky one’s savior, I became their wake up call. I became the voice they needed to push them to stop hiding in the shadows and finally take back what is ours. For my parents, my friends, and those yet to come, I am the harbinger of change, of death, of freedom.

4 Nerd Girl Rating

Tell me what you thought. Did you like it? Hate it? What would you rate it? I would love to hear from you.

Book Review: Trinkets, Treasures,and Other Bloody Magic

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Rating5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Meghan Ciana Doidge

Release Date: December 27th 2013

Series: The Dowser

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Fantasy/Fiction

Pages: 300

Publisher: Old Man in the CrossWalk Productions

Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line: Fully aware that the vampire was watching me from somewhere deeper in the woods, I placed my second to last piece of single-origin Madagascar chocolate on my tongue and lovingly sucked on it.

Blurb from Goodreads: Three months ago, I lost my foster sister, Sienna, to the darkness. As in blood magic and chaos and general mayhem. No one saw it until it was too late, but I should have. Now, I have a wounded heart and soul that I can’t even reveal to anyone around me, because I’m supposed to hate Sienna with the fiery passion of the justified. And I do. I just wish I didn’t feel so lost without her, so unsure of the path I thought I had carved for myself, and so outclassed by the powerful Adepts constantly by my side these days. I’m not even sure if they’re with me for my own protection or because my shiny new powers are rare and valuable. Assuming I ever figure out who or what I am, and how my magic actually works.
Even chocolate can’t save the day every time … just most of the time. At least I’ve got that going for me.

 

Cover: I love the covers of all of these books. Especially the cupcake.

Review: This book takes place three months after the first book ended. Jade is coming to terms with her newly discovered powers, struggling to figure out what her other half is and trying to deal with what her sister had done and getting used to no longer having Sienna around.

Of course, there are some upsides to what she went through a few months back. She know has a little group of supernatural beings at her back. Kandy the werewolf, Kett the Vampire, and Desmond, Kandy’s pack alpha. Also, her mother seems to be sticking around unlike the times before. And let’s not forget that she still has her bakery where she continues to bake delicious cupcakes.

In the first book I felt the connection between Jade and McGrowly…I mean Desmond. I was hoping to touch on it in this book and OMG did we see a lot. The chemistry between those two is so amazing and I was so distraught when the book ended and there was no closure between the two. So of course, it was the first thing I hope to see in the third book.

The friendship that develops between Kandy and Jade in this book gives me serious friendship goals, and please forgive me for using the term friendship goals.

From the skinwalkers at the beginning to the showdown between the big bad black witch and her sorcerer…this book was amazing and I couldn’t stop reading it. I would go to work thinking about the book and having a hard time getting through the day because I couldn’t read.

Just…the spark between Desmond and Jade…I love it so much and I want more of them!

We also meet Rusty’s little sister, Mory, in this book. She is an angry teenager who wants revenge for her brother and just to see him one more time. She is a Necromancer so she has the ability to see the spirits of the dead and she shows up demanding that Jade take her to the place where Rusty died. I feel like this is the beginning of trouble for Jade. This is where it all starts.

 

My favorite parts of this novel may have been the moments with Jade and Desmond…but also seeing Jade come into her powers and really start to learn how to use them. And in the end she finally finds some answers she has been looking for and it leaves you with your jaw hanging open.

 

The ending had me scrambling for the next book because I just couldn’t leave it like that. I hate a cliff hanger, but I also love them. There is a true ending to this novel, which I appreciate more than you can imagine. I have been burned by too many books with horrible endings, but this one had a good ending and a wonderful cliffhanger to make you beg for more.

 

I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!

Burn, Rewrite, or Reread

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I have seen this fun (I use the term fun, very lightly) around the internet. I thought it sounded interesting, so I decided that it would be my Sunday post for this week.

I hate myself….

So, as far as I can tell the rules are as follows…

  1. Randomly choose 3 books. (Use the ‘random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf. It took me a minute to find this. It’s at the bottom of the page.)
  2. For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.
  3. Repeat until you completed three rounds

So…here we go. Ugh.

Round 1

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Burn: City of Glass. DON’T HATE ME! I love the Mortal Instruments series, I really do! But…I love the other two books more!

Rewrite: Lover Awakened. To be honest, I can’t remember much of this book. And J.R. Ward is amazing, but there is always something in her books that makes me sad and…I could change that. Also, Zadist is probably my favorite BDB brother so I couldn’t burn this book. I could simply reread it…but rewrite sounded better.

Reread: Feyland The Twilight Kingdom. The reason I would reread this above any other is because…I would have no idea how to rewrite this and there is no way I am burning it. The whole concept of the book is just so interesting. I like it.

Round 2

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Burn: Two-Faced. Not that I didn’t enjoy it…but it was a forgettable book. The cover is pretty though.

Rewrite: Friends With Wings. This was a very interesting story. But, it probably could do with a bit of a rewrite…even though I remember a lot about this book. It left me feeling strange and uncomfortable for some reason.

Reread: Night Circus. OMG! I read this in 2014..two years ago..and I still get goosebumps thinking about it. I seriously need to reread this book. It was such an amazing story.

Round 3

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Burn: Never Fade. I really enjoyed this book. Don’t get me wrong. But when pitted against the other two, it was the only option left. I’m sorry Darkest Mind fans.

Rewrite: Turn Coat. This is one of my favorite books in the Dresden Files series. Dresden learns to understand and actually become friends with one of his biggest headaches. I just wasn’t happy with the ending and I would so change it!

Reread: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost). Duh! I am not changing a word of this and I refuse to burn it. Felicia Day is the role model every woman should be looking to. She is funny, quirky, and different. I may have a lady crush on her. You can’t change someones life and her life is so interesting. This book is like an open window in a fancy house. You can’t help but to peak in!

I thought about making this a monthly thing…but no. I am not doing this again. It made my heart hurt because I like most of the books on this list. Then again, it’s not often that I find a book I hate. I followed the rules. I did what I was supposed to do. I am NEVER doing this again. Not fun. Not fun at all.

Your turn. You do it. Go on…try it!

Friday Inspiration

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Hello Friends. Happy Friday. This week I bring you a simple quote. Why so simple? Well, why do we insist on making things so hard?

I feel like half the time the reason I don’t do things is because I tell myself I can’t.

There is so much that we tell ourselves we can’t do. And there are even more things that people tell us we can’t do. In the end, we can do whatever we put our minds to.

Okay, so maybe I can’t grow to be at least 6 feet tall…but you know, there are somethings we just don’t have control over.

Things that I can do:

  1. Become a published author.
  2. Have a successful blog.
  3. Lose weight.
  4. Get out of debt.
  5. Be the person I see myself becoming.

Nothing is out of our reach until we are in our graves. So stop making excuses of why you CAN’T do something and realize that you CAN! Make a list of things you can do with hard work and dedication. What’s the saying…”Reach for the moon. If you miss you still land among the stars.” “The only way to fail is to give up.” “You are the only obstacle in the way.”